If you’re a woman, you know that when menopause draws near, big changes are on the horizon. The production of key hormones associated with femininity will begin to decline, leading to what can seem to be unexplained mood swings, a lack of energy and emotional upheavals. The great reduction in estrogen, one of the key female hormones, is largely responsible for these physiological changes. Hormone replacement therapy can be a helpful solution.
Why is Estrogen So Important?
Estrogen is produced primarily in the ovaries and is associated with feminine traits such as the shape of the hips and the development of breasts. It is the hormone that gives women the upper hand when it comes to hair loss because it promotes the permanence of hair in women. Although men produce estrogen in limited amounts, it’s not enough to significantly decrease the chances of going bald once middle-age approaches.
Estrogen actually communicates with the cells of living tissue in a woman’s body and affects practically every aspect of a woman’s bodily functions. It begins to be released quite dramatically during the years of puberty and increases up until mid-adulthood. Another highly important hormone for women is progesterone, which helps to preserve a woman’s state of pregnancy and aid in the implantation of eggs in the uterus.
What is Hormone Therapy?
One of the risks of low estrogen levels in women is the bone loss and brittleness that often occurs. It’s this brittleness of the bone that cause so many women in their later years to easily sustain fractures from simple falls and slips. Hormone replacement therapy administered the right way can prevent this from happening and possibly reverse the process once it has begun.
Hormone therapy is very effective when it comes to reducing symptoms of menopause. These can include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Tiredness and fatigue
Do you feel like estrogen therapy might be right for you? Set up an appointment at Androgenix so we can advise you and help you make the right decision. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in North Palm Beach!